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tonight. first, at a 20 5:00 p.m. eastern, republican candidate mitt romney and his -- at 8:25 p.m. eastern, a republican candidate mitt romney and his wife at a rally. then, at 10:35 p.m. eastern, obama and bill clinton attend a rally. >> now joining us on the communicators this weekend before the election is fcc commissioner mimi on cyberporn mignon cyburn. if we could start with the events of the week. cellphone towers have been knocked out. people are using pay phones because their service is not working. what is your assessment of the carriers and their ability to maintain phone service for people in the area? >> first of a, allow me to thank you for allowing me to be here today. my condolences go out to the families. many of loved ones were lost in this tragic event. my condolences go out to them and my hat's off to those brave who continueders troop answering the call. in terms of the fcc engagement, the chairman literally spent the night at the agency. our public relations person did the same. we are engaged in the process and have been working with fema to make an overal
. >> guest: as peter said, if mr. romney were to win, by republicans -- perhaps some firms -- there would be more mergers in the industry. does that concern you? there seems to be less competition, less consolidation? >> i think there are two things in play here. number one, in terms of how the fcc operates day-to-day, that will not change. in terms of the way in which we evaluate, you know, the way in which we digest information in the way in which we process information, that part will not change. i think it would have a lot of the same principles and characteristics. and so in terms of how things are evaluated, that may or may not fluctuate depending on what happens on tuesday. the way in which it governs himself or we process information, that will never change. >> guest: what if there was more consolidation? more consolidation was approved, would that be concerned? >> guest: i am always mindful in terms of any consolidated ecosystem, you know, what that means for independent voices and in terms of diversity. what that means for small communities. they really came home to me when i wa
people thought in the telecom circles if mitt romney were to win, some folks think perhaps an fcc run by republicans, a justice department run by republicans might decide differently in some mergers and acquisitions, there'd be more her -- mergers in the wireless industry. does that concern you? do you think there'd be less competition if there was more consolidation in the wireless industry? >> guest: i think there are two things in play here, number one, in terms of how the fcc operates day-to-day, that will not change. in terms of the way we evaluate mergers, digest information, the way in which staff processes information, that part will not change. i say, as you mentioned, whoever's named head of the doj, justice department, whoever either remains or is named head of the fcc, of course, will take on, um, would have a lot of the same principles and, um, you know, characteristics as the president. so in terms of how are things evaluated, that may or may not fluctuate, you know, fending on what happens -- depending on what happens on tuesday. but the way the fcc governs itself, that
romney said in a primary that if you can delegate stuff like fema from the federal government to the states or to the private sector, that is better. and then sandy hit, and everybody said, in an emergency, having federal coordination is good. having basic federal rules that tell everyone how to behave in a crisis, that is good. we have delegated to the private sector all of our emergency response for our cellular networks, for these new internet protocol based networks, like cable phone service, like vonage. when it comes to the old copper network, we know all about that. we have crews on call, it is self powered. reliability was built into that from day one. that is why new yorkers were scrambling for pay phones. they could not get their cellular cable service to work. we do not need to take old rules and put them on top of these networks. we do need to have the federal government and state government take a look at what happened and figure out what the ground rules are. what are the things you want to have in place before an emergency hits, and what are the things that you
romney was in the primary and they can delegate stuff and then hurricane sandy hit and everyone said that in an emergency, having federal coordination is good. when you don't want to take the time to pick it up from scratch, that's good. we have delegated to the private sector all of our emergency response for cellular networks and these new, what we call ip networks or cable phone service like bondage. when it comes to the old copper networks, we know all about that. we have crews on call, cell power, reliability built into that from day one. that is why new yorkers were scrambling. we don't need to take the old rules from the ma bell days, but we didn't have the federal government and the state government taking a look at what happened. they need to figure out what are the ground was? what are the things that you want to have in place before an emergency hits? one of the things that you need to be doing before a crisis so that when a crisis hits, everybody is operating on the same page and everybody is moving as quickly as they can and they are able to do the best job that they can
's doing well? >> guest: well, back in the election mitt romney said in a primary that, you know, if you can delegate stuff like fema from the federal government to the states or even better to the private sector, then that's better. and then sandy hit, and everybody understood, you know, in an emergency having some federal coordination is good, having some basic federal rules that tell everybody how to behave in a crisis when you don't want to take the time to think it up from scratch, that's good. and the same thing's true in telecommunications. we have delegated to the private sector all of our emergency response for our cellular networks or these new what we call ip or internet protocol-based networks like cable/company service like vonage. so when it comes to the old copper network, the old telephone network, we know all about that. we have crews on call, it's self-powered, reliability was built into that thing from day one. that's why new yorkers were scrambling for pay phones when they couldn't get their cell and their cable service to work. we don't need to take the old rules fro
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